We’re a few weeks into the young NBA season and this is the point in the season where we should start getting a feel to who, or what, teams really are. Every two weeks, we’re going to bring you “NBA Panic Meter Monday” for five NBA teams, where we basically decide where on the panic meter (0-10) each team is.
Essentially, at 10 and you should start freaking out and completely sell your team’s chances this season. A zero means don’t panic at all.
Simple enough? Let’s play…
Milwaukee Bucks (3-13)
The Bucks are awful, there’s nothing that they’ve done so far this season that would say otherwise. Milwaukee is dead last in offensive rating and not much better (24th) in defensive rating. They went through a span in November in which they lost 11 straight games. A win over the lowly Boston Celtics is the only thing that kept them from making it a 12th straight loss. This team is bad and, honestly, shouldn’t be panicking. Not right now. They should have been panicking back in the summer when the were putting together this roster.
PANIC METER: 8
Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10)
The T-Wolves opened the season 7-3 and looked like a clear playoff favorite, however after dropping seven of their last nine things aren’t looking that optimistic. However, they’ve played a really rough stretch in their schedule — which isn’t through (they have the Spurs and Heat still). Minnesota is a very talented team, if they can stay healthy I’m sure they’ll be there in the end. Too bad they can’t be in the Eastern Conference, right? Man, the West is tough.
PANIC METER: 5
New Orleans Pelicans (9-9)
The loss of Anthony Davis for the Pelicans is devastating. They had won five of their last seven and Davis had been putting up absolutely insane numbers — 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and a league-high 3.6 blocks per game. The fact that Davis could be out for two months is going to put a “what if” on this season for the Pelicans.
PANIC METER: 7
Denver Nuggets (10-6)
All of a sudden, the Nuggets don’t look too bad. Denver opened the season at 1-4, but after winning nine of their last 11 things aren’t looking to bad for Brian Shaw’s team. If the season ended today (yea I know we all hate that), the Nuggets would be in the playoffs. If nothing else, that’s actually not bad sounding.
PANIC METER: 4